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Helicopters are commonplace in Houston, as they are often used for emergency medical services, news coverage, and pipeline inspections. Powerline and fence inspections, and flying offshore for oil rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Helicopters are also frequently used for personal transportation as well as other public services, and commercial activities. Although helicopters are a quick and efficient mode of transport, their speed and convenience may come with a price. The complex controls and components of helicopters mean that statistically, helicopter rides are significantly more dangerous than other forms of transportation.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a helicopter accident, in Houston, Texas, the Gulf of Mexico or anywhere in the United States, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages and monetary compensation for loss, including pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. At Stepp & Sullivan, our Houston personal injury attorneys understand that injuries and losses from helicopter accidents are highly traumatic, so we always provide compassionate and attentive service and representation to our clients. Our goal is to always be respectful of our client’s wishes and keep them up to date on the status of their claims.
Possible Causes of Helicopter Crashes
Helicopters are some of the most complicated aircraft in existence, so it is crucial that they are inspected and maintained on a regular basis. The main and tail rotors, gearshift, drive shaft, and the other systems and components in helicopters are all in constant motion, and they all need to work perfectly in order to keep the helicopter in flight.
It only takes a single mistake; whether that mistake is in the manufacture, assembly, maintenance, or operation of the helicopter, to cause problems with the operation of the helicopter, potentially causing it to enter a tailspin or other catastrophic event. Unlike airplanes, helicopters cannot typically glide to a safe landing area when they experience a crisis, making a catastrophic accident more likely when something goes wrong.
Some of the most common causes of helicopter crashes include:
- Engine or component failure
- Failure to conduct regular or proper maintenance
- Failure to inspect and test the helicopter and its components
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) violations
- Helicopter design issues
- Inclement Weather
- Pilot error
- Inadequate Pilot Training
- Repair mistakes
At Stepp & Sullivan, we conduct comprehensive, independent investigations to determine all of the factors that may have contributed to a helicopter accident. Our team utilizes investigatory methods such as:
- Avionics testing
- Part testing
- Flight reconstruction
- Radar reconstruction
- Materials analysis
- Meteorological condition investigation
- Evaluation of human factors
These investigations will help determine the negligent party that owes you or your family compensation for your losses.
Who Could Be Held Responsible for Injuries Suffered in a Helicopter Accident
When it comes to cases involving personal injuries or wrongful deaths caused by helicopter accidents, there is often more than one party that is at fault. Through in-depth research and examination, our attorneys identify all of the parties who could be responsible for a Houston helicopter accident, including:
- Helicopter part designers and manufacturers
- Helicopter manufacturers and sellers and resellers
- Helicopter owners and operators
- Prior helicopter owners
- Helicopter charter companies
- Helicopter repair and inspection companies
- Helicopter maintenance providers
- Pilots and Pilot training groups
Helicopters are not always required to be equipped with a black box that records vital flight information. This often makes identifying the cause of a helicopter accident more challenging than airplane crashes. As a result, you need the experienced Helicopter attorneys at Stepp m& Sullivan to work for you so that you can uncover the truth behind the accident and recover all the compensation you are entitled to.
Partner With an Experienced Helicopter Accident Attorney in Houston, Texas and throughout the United States Today
At Stepp & Sullivan, we have the resources necessary to thoroughly investigate, prepare, and support your case. With over 80 years of combined experience, our helicopter accident attorneys have what it takes to fight for you, and litigate your case so that you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Stepp & Sullivan attorneys have obtained numerous accolades and are top-rated members of numerous prestigious societies. Our lawyers have been accepted into the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum. We have also received recognition as 2020 Litigator of the Year by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers.
For a free consultation with a Stepp & Sullivan Houston, Texas, and throughout the United States helicopter accident attorney, contact us today. Call our office at (713) 677-2635 or submit a completed contact form to request more information about how we can help protect your rights and obtain the recovery you are entitled to.